June 2004 ///

Special Focus

Advances in tieback cementing

Recent advancements employed in the Gulf of Mexico include delayed-gel cement slurries, tieback cement sheath modeling and reverse foam cementing.

External casing perforating pinpoints hard-to-reach pay treatment

How a new perforating system, plus other multi-zone stimulation advances improved well performance in West Texas.

Low-density propping agents improve hydraulic fracturing

As demonstrated in the Permian basin, a new proppant remains nearly buoyant in water-based frac fluids and assures more complete packing of created fractures.

Roadmaps improve extended reach well performance

Use of real-time mechanical and hydraulic modeling extends rig capabilities in modern, complex well environments, providing a drilling plan to follow.


Evaluating petroleum systems in frontier areas using seabed geochemistry

When integrated with recognition of near-surface alteration, mixing and reworking, use of seabed geochemical data can reduce exploration risks.

Fluid weighting material yields low ECD, reduces sag

A chemical proven in other applications eliminates deposition in crude handling tubulars and flowlines. Several multi-well field examples show positive results.

Petroleum Technology Digest: Fracture mapping and modeling optimize CBM treatments

By using in-well tiltmeters and fracture modeling, an operator achieved per-well cost-savings of up to $50,000 at two coalbed methane fields.

Special Report

World Oil's Fluids Guide 2004

Exclusive annual listing shows trade names, generic descriptions, recommended usage and suppliers of more than 2,500 fluid system additives for drilling, completions and workovers


Drilling advances

Record subsea completion; high prices here to stay

Editorial Comment

Ethanol: Pandering, pork and payola

International Politics

Violence should not deter Saudi investments

What's new in production

OTC raised numerous technical issues

What's new in exploration

Biogenic gas exploration; survey results

News & Resources

Companies in the news

Vol. 225 No. 6  Targa Resources, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire major midstream assets owned by ConocoPhillips in Texas and Louisiana. Targa and ConocoPhillips have received all necessary regulatory and other approvals. Wa

Industry at a glance

Vol. 225 No. 6   US oil production is down 3% from a year ago. However, output is up in the Rocky Mountains, primarily in Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. Workover rig counts in the area are up 22.4% from this time last

New products

Vol. 225 No. 6  Biocides in oilfield water New technical literature on the performance advantages of UCARCIDE glutarladehyde products in oilfield water and fluid applications is available from the Biocides Group of The Dow Chemical C

People in industry

Vol. 225 No. 6  James B. Jennings will become chairman of Hunt Oil Co., and Stephen C. Hurley will become president. Ray L. Hunt will remain as CEO. Jennings has served as president of Hunt since l999. In addition to his duties as chairm

World of Oil

Vol. 225 No. 6  KURT S. ABRAHAM, MANAGING/INTERNATIONAL EDITOR   Click Here for Kurt's Opinion WTI oil price hits all-time futures high in